2020 Schedule Analysis: SMCC Falcons
By Frank Vajcner
It’s now time to pay a visit to the alma mater of our own Gary Hauf and Mike Lusch, as well as the home of a fan base that refers to yours truly as “Falcon Frank.” Oh, and did I mention they’re also the reigning Division 6 State Champs?
SMCC, come on down!
Aug 28: @ Almont
Sept 4: @ Airport
Sept 11: Milan
Sept 18: @ Riverview
Sept 25: Flat Rock
Oct 2: New Boston Huron
Oct 9: @ Grosse Ile
Oct 16: Jefferson
Oct 23: open
Gut-Check Game: at Almont. How will the Falcons begin their quest to defend a state title? By taking an 88-mile trek to Lapeer County to face the Division 5 runner-up in Almont. The Raiders were 13-1 last season, losing to Lansing Catholic at Ford Field. In addition, the Raiders have qualified for the playoffs in 13 of the last 14 seasons, including each of the last ten, have won their last 21 regular season games, and have not lost a non-conference regular season game since 2012. A young Falcon team will get a baptism of fire.
Trap Game: at Airport. Right after the 176-mile round trip to open the season, Adam Kipf’s squad will take another road trip to open Huron League play as they head to Carleton to play Airport. How will the Falcons respond after a tough Week 1?
Non-Conference Challenge: See Gut-Check Game.
Notable: The Falcons do not play at home until Week 3…This will mark the second straight year that the Falcons will play an eight-game schedule.
Thoughts from Frank: A young Falcon team will have to grow up quickly, as they have arguably the most brutal stretch to open the season, with three of their first four on the road, and all four against returning playoff qualifiers. The back half is nowhere near as daunting, apart from a trip to Grosse Ile. If the Falcons want to return to the postseason, getting wins in the back half will be paramount, and possibly stealing one in the front half.
Thoughts from Chris: Typical schedule for SMCC; a tough opener followed by a rugged league schedule. I wish they could fill that week 9 date. In this new playoff era, it would help the Falcons and their league members get valuable playoff points, but you have to have a willing opponent.
Thoughts from Gary: SMCC proves again that they will basically play anyone by scheduling the defending D5 State runner-up in Almont. Three tough games to open the league will allow Coach Kipf to assess his team early. Week 9 remains open at this point, I know the Falcon brass are doing what they can to fill that spot in the schedule.